Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories

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Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
47 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great employment as a contractor at a PSS site

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist III
    Current Employee - Scientist III

    I have been working at Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great management! Everyone is open and helpful and they all truly care about your work and personal life and want to ensure that you have everything that you need. Lots of opportunities to branch out and learn new skills with the added bonus of teaching your fellow coworkers about your specialties. Great relationship with client partners who are all very friendly and treat you like a part of the team instead of an outside contractor. Benefits are good too!

    Cons

    Salary is slightly lower than average compared to the industry standard but as a contractor I can understand. Did I mention this is a contract job? And as all contract jobs go, it can end at any second so that's always something to keep in mind.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Lancaster Labs is a great place to work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories

    Pros

    Friendly community-like atmosphere.
    Room to grow and develop new skills.
    Good benefits.
    Flexible scheduling.
    Ease in transferring to a new location.
    Multiple locations worldwide.
    Respected company.

    Cons

    The work can be a bit tedious at times, but there is room to grow and develop new skills.
    Entry level pay is not that great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to your employees.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    PSS - Better than being a contractor, worse than being a salaried employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scientist III  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist III in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The company does offer some benefits which you don't get with a contract position: Paid leave, insurance, dental etc. though these are not as good as offered by other companies. Annual merit increases and bonuses were given, but were quite low.

    Cons

    Communication to PSS sites is very poor from the main PA site. The company gives the impression of having expanded quickly without building the necessary management structures to cope with the expansion, so there are continuous policy changes and no one is really sure what is going on sometimes.
    HR structure at PSS sites is not very good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the HR management at PSS sites. Improve communication with PSS sites so that they feel part of the company. Provide annual bonuses which better reflect company performance (it is insulting to get a 1.5% bonus when the company reports 45% growth and 25% above budget income - pass some of that on to the employees, or at least stop rubbing it in their faces).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Scientist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very laid-back and flexible work environment.

    Cons

    Few opportunities for career advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More professional development needed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Professional Scientific Staffing (PSS) - Solid job in a shifting market

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lancaster Labs PSS provides a contingent workforce for many of the large pharmaceutical companies. It provides stable employment and an opportunity to gain great experience. It is a great way to start a career and build a network, or it can be a good fall back for people who have been laid off. They tend to hire energetic, intelligent, and hard-working people so the employees are generally a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    The salaries are higher than temporary positions, though lower than full-time employees. There is little opportunity to advance, and some groups limit interaction with full-time employees, which effectively blocks networking (and thus any chance to find a new position via networking).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is a good job overall, though I have found that the West Coast sites are very disconnected from the overall all business model employed by the rest of the company. Communicating a more unified vision for the role of PSS employees could help maintain consistency and also empower and solidify the roles that PSS employees play working within another pharma company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Decent company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories

    Pros

    People working towards a good cause

    Cons

    Career pathway is not very clear

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better future growth incentives

  8.  

    Doesn't value employees, management is terrible, no growth, little pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chemist  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Chemist in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Helps someone straight out of school gain experience

    Cons

    very little pay, not much growth, company's profits keep growing, but salaries stay the same. Cost of living raise doesn't equal increase in insurance, so you end up making less. Promote externally instead of from within, favoritism, HR and upper management don't care. They say "we expect a complete turnover every few years". Turnover rate is high...that should raise lots of red flags!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with your employees to build them, not just build yourselves and your friends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Regional Sales Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Well respected company. Pays well, fair expectations. People are great. Company does quality work

    Cons

    None that I can think of at this point

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Stressful

    Former Employee - Chemist  in  Bedford, OH
    Former Employee - Chemist in Bedford, OH

    I worked at Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn new skills
    Meet people
    Good pay

    Cons

    Company low balled their bid to get contract. The goal that was set was unattainable.
    The customer provided no assistance to our group.
    After several months, they ended our contract.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more incentives to retain quality employees.
    Provide reasonable bids and demand attainable goals that can be meet.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company as a whole

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Review Specialist  in  Lancaster, PA
    Current Employee - Data Review Specialist in Lancaster, PA

    I have been working at Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very flexible schedule, attached day care, accepts new graduates for nearly every entry-level position

    Cons

    Pay for entry-level is at the 10-30% of national average for same position (according to monster.com on various job titles). I would only recommend this company to new college graduate who is desperate to find a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider increasing compensation to lower turn-over rate... in the 5 months I have been here 6 people I worked with had left the company with less than 2 years with the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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